Asian Fish Tacos with Sesame-Ginger Slaw

I had never made fish tacos before, but with my 30 years of professional food experience I was pretty confident in the outcome. This is a delicious recipe with an Asian flair and the sesame-ginger slaw adds a bit of crunch.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
51 mins
4 tacos



  • 2 cups thinly sliced green cabbage

  • ½ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper

  • cup sliced green onions (1/4-inch pieces)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • ¼ jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon dried garlic flakes

  • ½ teaspoon salt

Sesame-Ginger Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 teaspoon stone-ground mustard

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon dried garlic flakes

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon wasabi powder


  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed

  • cup whole wheat flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 (12 ounce) cod, cut into 1-inch chunks

  • 4 (6 inch) flour tortillas

  • ½ lime, or to taste

  • ¼ cup roasted cashews


  1. Mix cabbage, red bell pepper, green onions, sesame seeds, jalapeno pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a bowl for the slaw.

  2. Pour honey, lime juice, sesame oil, mustard, ginger, 1/2 teaspoon garlic flakes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and wasabi powder into a jar. Shake until honey is dissolved. Pour over the slaw.

  3. Heat an 8-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Coat bottom of the pan with coconut oil and olive oil.

  4. Mix flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a dish. Dredge cod pieces in the mixture, coating all sides. Fry cod in the hot oil, turning once, until outsides are golden, about 6 minutes. Transfer onto paper towels to absorb excess oil.

  5. Drain the slaw slightly. Place 1/4 of the cod on a tortilla and squeeze some lime juice on top. Add 1/4 of the slaw; top with roasted cashews. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, lime, slaw, and cashews.

Cook's Note:

Feel free to substitute peanuts for the cashews.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

468 Calories
25g Fat
43g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 468
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 878mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 36mg 181%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 460mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.